A leading marine and offshore operator has placed an order for two crew transfer vessels for use in Taiwan’s burgeoning offshore wind energy industry.
Hung Hua Construction (HHC) has ordered two of Damen’s FCS 2710 fast crew supply vessels. The contract was signed at the end of January and the vessels will be built at Damen Shipyards Singapore for delivery in early 2020.
HHC is Taiwan’s largest nearshore construction and dredging company and recently became involved in the offshore wind sector.
The twin-hulled FCS 2710 with its Damen trademark Axe Bow is 1 m longer than its predecessor, the FCS 2610. However, it can carry twice as many personnel and offers more flexibility, more tank capacity, greater usable deck space, increased comfort and more accommodation. It can also operate in wave heights exceeding 2 m.
The two vessels for HHC will have other small changes to meet the company’s specific demands and optimise them for local Taiwanese requirements and conditions.
Damen sales manager, Asia Pacific, Michiel Hendrikx, said “The FCS 2710 is proving to be very successful in the offshore wind market in Europe and we are sure that it will also perform well in Taiwanese waters, which can be quite harsh and rough. We are also confident that the market in Asia will have more demand for this type of vessel in the future and so we have decided to start series production of the FCS 2710 in Singapore with two more vessels to be ready for delivery in 2020.”
In the longer term, HHC is expected to acquire more CTVs and could expand its fleet up to eight vessels.